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SSD or RAM - to increase performance?

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SSD or RAM - to increase performance?

Postby Baas Babelaas » 23 Jun 2016, 17:42

I just bought an ASUS Zenbook .

Pretty sweet laptop, but a little slow. I have the choice of replacing the HDD with SSD or increasing the RAM from 4G to 8G, or both.

I'll do it one step at a time - which will increase the performance best: change to SSD or increase RAM?
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Re: SSD or RAM - to increase performance?

Postby Chris » 23 Jun 2016, 18:40

An SSD will greatly speed up boot and program launch times, plus since you just bought the computer, it will be a lot easier to change from an HDD to SSD now. Adding RAM is a simpler procedure, which you can do later.
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Re: SSD or RAM - to increase performance?

Postby Andrew0409 » 23 Jun 2016, 19:26

SSD will make your PC quicker, but ram will allowing you do more and keep the performance from dropping if you are running a bunch of programs.
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Re: SSD or RAM - to increase performance?

Postby Andrew0409 » 23 Jun 2016, 20:17

Like what are you wanting to increase performance for? Just everyday stuff or are you using 3 screens like I have at work something running like 5 programs at once with a bunch of things in the background? If it's just everyday, go with the ssd.
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Re: SSD or RAM - to increase performance?

Postby Dog's_Breakfast » 23 Jun 2016, 20:48

I have heard about serious issues with sudden SSD failure. I don't have one myself, so I can't speak from personal experience. If you google "ssd failure" you'll find plenty of reports from those in the trenches. I guess it's still OK to buy one, but remember to back up frequently. That's not a bad idea anyway, no matter what type of drive you have in your computer. I've lost track of how many people have told me that they lost "everything" when their hard disk or ssd crashed and they had no backups.
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Re: SSD or RAM - to increase performance?

Postby Baas Babelaas » 23 Jun 2016, 21:05

Think I'm going to go with upping the RAM.
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Re: SSD or RAM - to increase performance?

Postby Andrew0409 » 23 Jun 2016, 21:11

Baas Babelaas wrote:Think I'm going to go with upping the RAM.


Increasing RAM does absolutely nothing if you are only using like 2gb of ram when you are using your computer. Are you using your computer in a way that needs 8gbs of ram. I have 16, and I run 3 screens and rarely do I even get to 8gb. And SSD is way more reliable than HHD. Of course they can fail but the point of SSD is they are solid state, meaning they won't move around when you move around you CPU.
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Re: SSD or RAM - to increase performance?

Postby Chris » 23 Jun 2016, 21:14

Dog's_Breakfast wrote:I've lost track of how many people have told me that they lost "everything" when their hard disk or ssd crashed and they had no backups.

It's sheer madness not to back up your data. It's so easy to buy a high capacity external drive and back up your data. I also keep some of my most important files (generally projects I'm currently working on) in Dropbox.

Both SSDs and HDDs can fail. I've had one HDD fail in my life; I've never had an SSD fail on me.
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Re: SSD or RAM - to increase performance?

Postby Baas Babelaas » 24 Jun 2016, 10:20

Andrew0409 wrote:
Baas Babelaas wrote:Think I'm going to go with upping the RAM.


Increasing RAM does absolutely nothing if you are only using like 2gb of ram when you are using your computer. Are you using your computer in a way that needs 8gbs of ram. I have 16, and I run 3 screens and rarely do I even get to 8gb. And SSD is way more reliable than HHD. Of course they can fail but the point of SSD is they are solid state, meaning they won't move around when you move around you CPU.


It is consistently using around 3.5-3.9G of RAM with very few programmes open.
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Re: SSD or RAM - to increase performance?

Postby Icon » 24 Jun 2016, 11:14

Andrew0409 wrote:Like what are you wanting to increase performance for? Just everyday stuff or are you using 3 screens like I have at work something running like 5 programs at once with a bunch of things in the background? If it's just everyday, go with the ssd.


Do you mean that if you keep 5 screens open at the same time with corresponding programs then a higher RAM -say 8G- would help with performance?
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